Toledo-area students to display research projects at Adrian College eventWritten by Erik Gable | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Several students from the Toledo area will be among the exhibitors at Adrian College’s annual Ribbons of Excellence Day, a daylong conference in which students at the college will showcase independent research projects.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, and continues throughout the day with presentations taking place at several locations on campus.
Senior Josh Gorney of Toledo and junior Alex Pistilli of Sylvania are part of a five-person team that’s been working on an ongoing project to document the anatomy of the African clawed frog at various stages of its development.
“It’s a model organism,” Gorney explained. “Basically, it’s used in a lot of neurological research.”
Developmental biologists have found the African clawed frog to be a useful research subject. The students are part of a multi-year project under the direction of biology professor Marti Morales to create an online database showing cross-sections of the organism at each stage of development. To create the cross-sections, a euthanized organism is embedded in paraffin, which is then cut into tiny slices 10 micrometers thick.
Gorney and Pistilli said the ultimate goal is to create an online database with cross-section images of the clawed frog at different stages to be used as a reference for future researchers.
Brittanie Kuhr of Sylvania, a junior secondary education major, researched the effect of technology in the classroom on students’ level of motivation. Her presentation will include a 50-minute lesson plan she developed that uses four different tools: Google Blogs, a smartboard, a closed chatroom program called TodaysMeet and a cloud-based presentation platform called Prezi.
Kuhr said the Ribbons of Excellence program gives students a chance to show their own independent research.
“It’s showcasing the academic achievements and progress of students at Adrian College and what they’ve found out on their own,” she said.
Ribbons of Excellence derives its name from a longstanding Adrian College tradition. Every spring since 1887, graduating seniors have presented a cane in the form of a shepherd’s crook to the officers of the junior class. The crook was traditionally adorned with ribbons on which each graduating class had written all of the seniors’ names. In 2007, the college gave the idea of ribbons a new twist, turning it into a metaphor for some of the school’s core values. Each of the presentations on April 3 will be connected to one of five “ribbons”: Caring for humanity and the world, learning throughout a lifetime, thinking critically, crossing boundaries and disciplines, and developing creativity.
Other Toledo-area students presenting at the event are Janene Dusseau of Toledo, Ariel Gordon of Lyons, Adrienne Haase of Napoleon, Shelby Mack of Metamora, Kristen Smith of Swanton and Chloe Stiriz of Wauseon.
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